My name is Tara. I was working at Barnes & Noble a few months back and saw your book on the shelf. I am currently going to school for interior design and I was hoping to flip houses. After reading your book, I started really considering homeowning (rather than flipping) as the smart investment. A few weeks ago my boyfriend and I were driving home and saw an open house sign. I grinned, like always, but this time he finally gave in and we stopped. I have saved $600 in the last two weeks using your latte factor and have interviewed several lenders. We are leaning more towards brokers, since we are 18 and 19 years old and have no credit. (We’ve found that the big banks really aren’t geared towards us) And my dad… who negotiates multi-million dollar contracts for a large company is FINALLY impressed that I have gone through all the research and steps needed to begin such a large investment… all thanks to your book! Everyone says I need to enjoy my youth and taking on a mortgage isn’t the way to do that. But in my opinion… if missing a couple of movie nights means I can jump-start my life and quit throwing money away at my shoe-box apartment… I’m all for it. Plus this way, my puppy will have her own fenced in backyard to play in. My boyfriend and I are planning on having roommates also. We sat down and ran all the figures and it turns out, OWNING would cost less (monthly) than RENTING. I can say, even the process of looking for a house is much more exciting than the Vanilla Bean Frappucinos I was having at Barnes & Noble every day.
I’ll post back with pictures once we find the first home of our dreams.
Thank you… so much.